South Dakota

NCBE provides character and fitness services for the following applicant types in South Dakota:

  • First Bar Admission (Examinee)
  • Attorney
  • Foreign-Educated/Foreign-Licensed

How to Apply

Complete the application by logging in to your NCBE Account. NCBE does not conduct investigations for all applicant types; note that some types may have different filing instructions. Contact South Dakota for specific filing instructions.

Application and Fee

Although the application is electronically completed, applicants must PRINT the completed application, sign release forms, and MAIL IT. A checklist with these instructions will appear after you finalize your application online. Completing and submitting a character and fitness application is only part of the bar application process.

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NCBE's Character and Fitness Services

Requirements, deadlines, and processing timelines vary among jurisdictions. Decisions regarding your qualification for admission are made by the jurisdiction and not by NCBE. The information provided here relates only to NCBE’s character and fitness services.

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Bar Admission Agency
South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners

500 E. Capitol Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-4898

Fax: (605) 773-8479

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Use Only as a General Guide

This information should be used only as a general guide. The application process is determined by the jurisdiction to which you are applying. Contact the jurisdiction to verify application instructions and deadlines.